Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2022-27

As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), South Gloucestershire Council has a duty to “develop, maintain, apply and monitor” a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) for South Gloucestershire (SGC).

The first LFRMS covered the period 2015-2020. In October 2020, an In House Review of the LFMRS was undertaken which resulted in an Extension document covering the period 2021-2022.

What are we consulting on?

In July 2021, a consultant was appointed to undertake a Full Review of the LFRMS. Following consultation with all Risk Management Authorities and key stakeholders, theLocal Flood Risk Management Strategy is now available for comment along with a Summary Document.  A County Wide Action Plan, Priority Catchment Action Plan and Strategic Environmental Assessment also form part of the key consultation information.

Catchment Maps are available to help illustrate aspects of the Strategy - see supporting documents below.

Detail regarding the Catchment Prioritisation Approach is included in Appendix E of the Strategy and a Catchment Identifier Map is provided to assist you in identifying your relevant catchment.

We have also included a Questionnaire in order to best capture all responses and views on this consultation.

Aims of the Strategy

The aim of the Strategy is to work in partnership with local communities and organisations responsible for managing flooding in order to better understand and reduce, (where it is economically, technically, socially, and environmentally feasible to do so), local flood risk in South Gloucestershire.

Taking into account the following key flood risk management themes: Natural Flood Management, Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Climate Change and Community Involvement, the Strategy;

 - Provides an overview of flood risk management work being undertaken and planned throughout South Gloucestershire

 - Explains how partners are working together to reduce flood risk

 - Clearly sets out which organisations are responsible for different types of flooding in South Gloucestershire to ensure a common understanding of roles, responsibilities and priorities.

Objectives of the Strategy

Six key objectives have been identified with accompanying related actions: Please see the County Wide Action Plan and Priority Catchment Action Plan.

How will we prioritise flood risk management actions?

It is not possible to prevent all flooding and, with limited resources and funding, it is not possible to carry out work in every area at risk of flooding. As such, SGC have sought to prioritise catchments in order to focus the flood risk management actions. For the Top 10 identified catchments, a catchment specific action plan has been developed. The approach must be proportionate and risk based ensuring that environmental and other consequences are taken into account. Projects are likely to fall under three broad categories:

 - Schemes with highest eligibility for national funding

 - Local priorities with lower eligibility for national funding

 - Ongoing programmes of work and maintenance schedules

Note: In the event of a ‘significant’ flood event, SGC would look to take action if and where possible, independent of whether the location is within the Top 10 Priority Catchments.

How will we deliver local flood risk management?

The Strategy sets out how we will deliver the objectives over the next six years, with the measures and actions identified to achieve this in the Action Plan that accompanies the Strategy. These will help us to improve our understanding of flood risk across South Gloucestershire and inform the way we reduce this risk and plan for resilience against the impacts of climate change.

What happens next?

The draft Strategy is now undergoing a period of public consultation, giving the opportunity for residents, businesses and other stakeholders to provide feedback. 

Although the Strategy is for the period up to 2027, we believe that continued monitoring and review are essential to ensure that flood risk management is responsive to changes. This is especially important in the early years of the strategy when there are expected to be new requirements for sustainable drainage, changes in funding and design of flood management schemes and improvements in our knowledge of flood risk across South Gloucestershire.

Following this public consultation period, we will consider what you have told us and will use it to update the Strategy, where necessary. The Strategy will then be adopted, will be available on our website in Summer 2022 and will be used as the basis for local flood risk management 2022 – 2027.

Find out more and have your say

We welcome comments on the draft strategy between 7th February 2022 and 2nd May 2022.

The draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy has a range of data and technical information that provides more information on this issue.

There is also a Summary DocumentCounty Wide Action Plan and  Priority Catchment Action Plan available.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment provides specific information as required by legislation.

Please complete the Questionnaire to leave your comments on specific aspects of the draft Strategy.

We are particularly keen to find out if you feel that all relevant areas are being considered and whether you think there are any specific impacts or alternatives that the council and its partners should consider.

Download a PDF of the survey to print, fill out and post to us. Information is also available from your local South Gloucestershire library and One Stop Shop.

You can find out more or tell us your views by:

  • Email: Consultation@southglos.gov.uk
  • Phone: 01454 868000
    South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Consultation Team, 
    Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Consultation, Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BRISTOL, BS37 5AF 

If you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about the draft strategy, please contact us using the details above to arrange.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    7 Feb 2022 at 00:00
  • Closed
    2 May 2022 at 23:59

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents


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